In the summer of 1995, writers David Roper and Norman Martin hosted a presentation, “How to Get Started Writing”, at the Searcy Library. At that event, eight people signed an interest sheet in forming the group. When the group convened on August 28, 1995, twenty-four people attended, and White County Creative Writers was formed.
Now maintaining a membership of 20 to 25, with several founders still active, WCCW rotates monthly program planning through the membership. Local speaker, read-around, critique session – whatever the program fare, all is geared toward encouragement and improvement in writing.
On September 7, 1996, the group sponsored a workshop at Harding University in Searcy. Its tremendous success made it an annual event on the Saturday before Labor Day. Writers, editors, publishers, and others in the field share their expertise and advice, and current conference attendance averages 75 people. Over the years, contests and this website have brought WCCW wider attention, and our conference is now mentioned in writers’ publications such as The Writer magazine and Writers’ Digest.
Come on over!
Bring your pens, pencils, laptops, iPods, iPads, Smartphones, Touchpads, or whatever other new-fangled device you choose to use, and your imagination, and check us out!
WCCW meets the third Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Simmons First Bank, 401 South Main Street, Searcy, AR. Our members have formed small critique groups which vary from time to time. We have undertaken such community projects as an annual poetry reading in celebration of National Poetry Day, writing contests for students in White County and an open challenge to groups and citizens of White County to raise funds for the public library.
WCCW enjoys a close relationship with the staff at Harding University, and is included in many of their on-campus activities. This participation is very special to us, and we extend our thanks to them.